Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Carolina Panthers, buoyed by scoring drives of 99 and 85 yards, drubbed the Baltimore Ravens 36-21 on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.
Running back Christian McCaffrey scored two Carolina touchdowns as the Panthers (5-2) built on a franchise-best comeback victory a week earlier at Philadelphia.
Newton completed 21 of 29 passes for 219 yards without an interception.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was 22-for-39 for 192 yards and two interceptions. He threw one touchdown pass. Backup quarterback Lamar Jackson threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Hurst with 1:02 left.
The Ravens (4-4) didn’t have an answer for the Panthers a week after a shocking one-point loss to New Orleans on a late missed extra-point kick.
Carolina went 99 yards in the second quarter with a couple of convenient bounces. The touchdown came on a 6-yard play when McCaffrey corralled a Newton pass that had been batted into the air by Ravens safety Eric Weddle.
Earlier on the drive, a friendly bounce after Newton’s slightly wayward lateral to rookie receiver DJ Moore turned into a 28-yard gain.
Carolina’s lead moved to 24-7 with Graham Gano’s 54-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. This came after the Panthers appeared to dupe the Ravens on a fourth-down picked up after taking a delay of game penalty and putting in backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke to make a pass.
Gano’s 44-yard field goal in the third quarter marked the only scoring in that stanza until Flacco’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Javorius Allen with 10 seconds left in the quarter.
Newton scored on a 12-yard run with 9:52 remaining to complete an 85-yard drive.
Earlier, Alex Collins’ 14-yard tackle-shredding run opened the scoring for the Ravens on the game’s opening possession.
McCaffrey bounced away from trouble behind the line of scrimmage and sprinted for an 11-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Kyle Love’s hit on Collins forced a fumble, with Vernon Butler recovering at the Baltimore 12-yard line. On third down, Newton threw 11 yards to tight end Greg Olsen for a touchdown.
—Field Level Media